21 votes

What browser do you use? How have you customized it?

I was just wondering how people use their browsers, and get ideas from others in regards to sharing ideas to improve my browsing experience.

What do I use?

I use Firefox Nightly with the common browser extensions like ublock origin, privacy badger, https everywhere, and some interesting ones like Dark Reader, Vimium (Which provides vim keybinds in your browser) and ViolentMonkey (which I use for userscripts like 4chanX, OneeChan, and the KissAnime ad blocker).

42 comments

  1. [6]
    Artemix
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    I exclusively use Firefox nowadays, especially for web development. I have pocket and remote fonts disabled in about:config, strict blocking enabled, smooth scrolling disabled, and every...

    I exclusively use Firefox nowadays, especially for web development.

    I have pocket and remote fonts disabled in about:config, strict blocking enabled, smooth scrolling disabled, and every permission blocked. I also disabled DoH and DRM content support.

    I have duckduckgo as main search engine, and Mankier as search engine triggered by the man keyword.

    I use the calm pastel 4 theme, with the HeadingLinker (I made), ublock origin and umatrix extensions, disabling js by default.

    11 votes
    1. [5]
      tomf
      Link Parent
      how long did it take to get used to a noscript experience? I've blocked scripts on a bunch of sites, but I haven't taken the plunge.

      how long did it take to get used to a noscript experience? I've blocked scripts on a bunch of sites, but I haven't taken the plunge.

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        weystrom
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        I wish people would come up with something like ublock filter lists, for umatrix or noscript.

        I wish people would come up with something like ublock filter lists, for umatrix or noscript.

        4 votes
        1. tomf
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          they must exist somewhere. Here's one for fixing popular sites. It'll be worth digging into. uMatrix can seem so complex at first. https://github.com/kristerkari/umatrix-recipes quick edit: its...

          they must exist somewhere. Here's one for fixing popular sites. It'll be worth digging into. uMatrix can seem so complex at first.

          https://github.com/kristerkari/umatrix-recipes

          quick edit: its surprising that there don't seem to be a lot of common lists. I guess that's the nature of uMatrix.

          1 vote
      2. [2]
        Artemix
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        TBF, not a lot of time, mainly because almost every website I used to regularly visit didn't use javascript (mainly small blogs and websites with good degraded design). I only have javascript...

        TBF, not a lot of time, mainly because almost every website I used to regularly visit didn't use javascript (mainly small blogs and websites with good degraded design).

        I only have javascript allowed for a bunch of websites, citing gitlab, github, tildes, and some websites from my workplace.

        2 votes
        1. tomf
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          that's awesome. I'm going to give it a swing. Thanks for this!

          that's awesome. I'm going to give it a swing. Thanks for this!

          1 vote
  2. lionirdeadman
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    I've been running Web for the past few days to test and find bugs. I also really like the touch gestures, tab switching being much faster, window resizing performance and some other little things...

    I've been running Web for the past few days to test and find bugs. I also really like the touch gestures, tab switching being much faster, window resizing performance and some other little things that make it feel pretty good. Other than that, it's a below average when it comes to performance even if it's improved recently.

    Other than that, I run Firefox with a Gnome UserChrome.CSS with uBlock Origin and some tweaks in about:config to allow different stylesheets, remove pocket and screenshot. I now use it mostly as a backup.

    I consider myself to be pretty easy to please when it comes to browsers.

    8 votes
  3. knocklessmonster
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    I use Firefox basically until it breaks something. I'll link to the less obvious extensions, they do good work. I use the Bitwarden extension, frankly more than the app, as it's the password safe...

    I use Firefox basically until it breaks something. I'll link to the less obvious extensions, they do good work.

    I use the Bitwarden extension, frankly more than the app, as it's the password safe I've decided to use: Open source client and back end, trusted by many security professionals, and works really well on all platforms I use (Windows, Linux, Android).

    Bypass Paywalls. Does what it says on the tin. I don't have the money to subscribe to every news outlet for the occasional article, so I use this baby to get to the news.

    uBlock Origin. I tried using uMatrix, but that got crazy, but I like the license on this one, and the fact that it does everything cross-platform well. It seems to break on some porn sites on Firefox for Android, but only for popunder tabs that may be a disguised link that serves the add and forwards the page to a new tab.

    User-Agent Switcher, if I need to bypass a user-agent check for school and I'm too lazy to boot back into Windows, or I need to download a Linux tarball from a trickier site for some weird reason.

    Firefox's Facebook Container. Idk why, it just seems like a cool idea.

    6 votes
  4. thewrightmatt
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    I've been using Brave lately with uBlock Origin as a fallback for ad-blocking, Dark Reader and my password manager. I like the sense of privacy and protection (also has built in HTTP Everywhere)...

    I've been using Brave lately with uBlock Origin as a fallback for ad-blocking, Dark Reader and my password manager. I like the sense of privacy and protection (also has built in HTTP Everywhere) in Brave and I fire up Chrome when I need to see if its Brave that's blocking some content on a site or my Pi-hole.

    5 votes
  5. ThyMrMan
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    At the moment I've been using Brave. Alongside UBlock Origin, UBlock Origin Extra, Dark Reader, and Just Read. More minor extensions are Augmented Steam, BetterTTV, Improve Youtube, and RES. Also...

    At the moment I've been using Brave. Alongside UBlock Origin, UBlock Origin Extra, Dark Reader, and Just Read. More minor extensions are Augmented Steam, BetterTTV, Improve Youtube, and RES. Also use Tampermonkey and a variety of scripts to improve various websites.

    Considered switching over to Firefox, but currently I use Firefox as my "Private" browser for stuff I don't want showing up in normal browsing history. And feel like I would have to use Firefox Profiles for it to separate the way I want, but the last time I tried using Firefox Profiles it just kinda broke everything and forced me to reinstall.

    5 votes
  6. cfabbro
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    At one point I had a completely custom ultra-minimalist, "one line" UserChrome.css for Firefox that I made myself... but a bunch of changes Mozilla made eventually completely broke it. :( One day...

    At one point I had a completely custom ultra-minimalist, "one line" UserChrome.css for Firefox that I made myself... but a bunch of changes Mozilla made eventually completely broke it. :(

    One day I may build up the motivation to fix my ultra-minimalist scheme, but for now I am just running vanilla themed Firefox again for everyday browsing (with a ton of addons still though), alongside FF Developer Edition for when I need the more advanced dev tools.

    4 votes
  7. [6]
    skybrian
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    I run vanilla Chrome. I turned off ad blocking years ago because I wanted to see what the default experience was like and Chrome was supposed to have some kind of built-in ad blocking soon. But,...

    I run vanilla Chrome. I turned off ad blocking years ago because I wanted to see what the default experience was like and Chrome was supposed to have some kind of built-in ad blocking soon. But, that seems to not to have silently not launched? I suppose I should turn it on again.

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      lionirdeadman
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      I would be pretty glad if Chrome never did ad blocking personally. It's clear it would have a clear bias against google's since it's their bread and butter.

      I would be pretty glad if Chrome never did ad blocking personally. It's clear it would have a clear bias against google's since it's their bread and butter.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        skybrian
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        I'm confident that it would be formally neutral. However, Google is probably less aggressive about ads tactics, and they have more data collected legitimately, so they would benefit.

        I'm confident that it would be formally neutral. However, Google is probably less aggressive about ads tactics, and they have more data collected legitimately, so they would benefit.

        2 votes
        1. lionirdeadman
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          Well, sure, Formally so but internally, it's doubtful they'd do that. Chromium-based browsers would get the same blocking rules unless changed specifically so it would risk more than it'd gain imo.

          Well, sure, Formally so but internally, it's doubtful they'd do that. Chromium-based browsers would get the same blocking rules unless changed specifically so it would risk more than it'd gain imo.

          1 vote
      2. Wes
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        If anything it would be based on standards from the Coalition for Better Ads.

        If anything it would be based on standards from the Coalition for Better Ads.

        2 votes
    2. KapteinB
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      I remember there was a lot of anticipation for that feature to arrive, and a lot of silence afterwards. Searching for "Chrome native ad block" just now, I found a whole bunch of articles from late...

      I remember there was a lot of anticipation for that feature to arrive, and a lot of silence afterwards. Searching for "Chrome native ad block" just now, I found a whole bunch of articles from late 2017 that the feature would arrive in february 2018, but not a single article from after the fact. It is indeed a bit odd.

      2 votes
  8. [2]
    lainon
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    I use the version of Firefox that ships with my distribution (on Fedora 32 beta currently). Like others, I have Pocket (and possibly other things) disabled in about:config. Because I do not use...

    I use the version of Firefox that ships with my distribution (on Fedora 32 beta currently). Like others, I have Pocket (and possibly other things) disabled in about:config. Because I do not use history, bookmarks, etc. I make sure that Firefox does not store any such data. I use the PrivacyTools.io instance of Searx as my default search engine. I prefer to store neat things I find online outside of my web browser and use the browser strictly as a means to view webpages.

    Add-ons include:

    • Bitwarden
    • NoScript
    • uMatrix
    • uBlock Origin
    • HTTPS Everywhere
    • Privacy Badger
    • Decentraleyes
    • Cookie AutoDelete

    It's possibly a bit much and certainly a bit redundant.

    3 votes
    1. meenit
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      My setup is pretty much exactly like this. I'm not using Fedora as my main distro, and my main search engine is DuckDuckGo.

      My setup is pretty much exactly like this. I'm not using Fedora as my main distro, and my main search engine is DuckDuckGo.

  9. Micycle_the_Bichael
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    I'm really boring. I have one laptop that I use both for work and personal use. For work I use latest stable chrome: has a 1password for all my work passwords, Forrest for focusing, and Vue.js...

    I'm really boring. I have one laptop that I use both for work and personal use.

    For work I use latest stable chrome: has a 1password for all my work passwords, Forrest for focusing, and Vue.js extension for once every blue moon when I have to debug a GUI I built

    For personal use I use latest stable Firefox: 1password with a different account for personal passwords and forrest for when I want to focus on a single thing.

    Both use ecosia for my default search engine.

    3 votes
  10. Durallet
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    Desktop: Firefox adjusted with the ghacks user.js (pick carefully or else your browser will be unusable). Addons: uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, Cookie Auto Delete, Multi-Account Containers,...

    Desktop:
    Firefox adjusted with the ghacks user.js (pick carefully or else your browser will be unusable).
    Addons: uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, Cookie Auto Delete, Multi-Account Containers, Containerize, Temporary Containers, Stylus, Violent Monkey.

    Mobile:
    Vanadium, a hardened fork of Chromium for GrapheneOS. GrapheneOS lets you specify a DNS-over-TLS server, I picked one configured to block ad/tracking domains.

    2 votes
  11. SleepyGary
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    Chromium with ublock privacy badger Don't fuck with paste - re-enables copy/paste of forms that try to disable it Recipe Filter - opens recipes in a modal so you don't have to scroll past the life...

    Chromium with

    • ublock
    • privacy badger
    • Don't fuck with paste - re-enables copy/paste of forms that try to disable it
    • Recipe Filter - opens recipes in a modal so you don't have to scroll past the life stories
    • Google Search "View Image" button - brings back the ability to click straight through to the image
    • Video Speed Controller - Fine gained speed controls on video for many sites.
    • TheCamelizer - Historical pricing data on amazon product pages
    • RefinedGithub - QoL improvements for Github (e.g., auto delete branch when merging, mark file as viewed when reveiwing and a LOT more)
    • Vue DevTools - Amazing devtools extension that allows you to inspect components, events, Vuex state & mutation history, and more.
    2 votes
  12. aphoenix
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    I use Chrome with not that many plugins. uBlock Origin - I turn off on a lot of sites. Ad views keep the lights on for most websites. I only use it when sites get obnoxious or when I'm delighted...

    I use Chrome with not that many plugins.

    • uBlock Origin - I turn off on a lot of sites. Ad views keep the lights on for most websites. I only use it when sites get obnoxious or when I'm delighted by 0% blocked (it's on on Tildes!)
    • Typio form recovery - I use this to prevent myself from losing things I've typed into text boxes
    • 1Password - Password manager plugin
    • The Great Suspender - suspends tabs when they're not being used. I use this a lot since I have 6 or 7 windows of Chrome open, and a dozen+ tabs on each
    • Moderator Toolbox (Reddit) - as a mod, a must have
    • The Camelizer - for shopping, mostly on Amazon, gives a historical price model for each thing I look at.
    2 votes
  13. [5]
    cwagner
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    Firefox Nightly for almost everything. Chrome, Edge, IE11 for testing (fuck SafariExplorer6 and fuck Apple for releasing a broken browser one can’t test in. We have a page that tells you to not...

    Firefox Nightly for almost everything. Chrome, Edge, IE11 for testing (fuck SafariExplorer6 and fuck Apple for releasing a broken browser one can’t test in. We have a page that tells you to not use Safari because of some dumb problem that I can’t debug). Chrome also in case my blocking or a nightly bug makes problems (almost exclusively with some shopping sites).

    Add-ons: Many ;) Some Twitch extensions, the container ones. Tildes, Reddit, Steam, and Facebook enhancers. LanguageTool for spell- and grammar-checking. Stylus to make ugly sites readable, Toggle Animated gifs for those kids who like to add 500 animations into all their fucking articles. uBlock and uMatrix of course. KeePassXC-Browser for passwords, Vue.js devtools for… Vue.js and finally Wikipedia Peek.

    Mobile: Firefox Preview or whatever its name is now ;)

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      monado
      Link Parent
      ooo tildes enhancer extension? Tell me more!

      ooo tildes enhancer extension?
      Tell me more!

      1 vote
        1. [2]
          balooga
          Link Parent
          This is the first I've heard of Tildes ReExtended. I have Tildes Extended. How are they different?

          This is the first I've heard of Tildes ReExtended. I have Tildes Extended. How are they different?

          1 vote
          1. cfabbro
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            Tildes Extended was made by @Crius, but he is no longer active on the site and so his extension hasn't been updated in 11 months (notice who made all the latest updates to it?). So because of...

            Tildes Extended was made by @Crius, but he is no longer active on the site and so his extension hasn't been updated in 11 months (notice who made all the latest updates to it?). So because of that, @Bauke decided to develop Tildes ReExtended, which is a new extension based on the ideas of the previous one. There isn't really too many difference between them at present, other than a few minor tweaks and the markdown toolbar on ReExtended (which is super handy). However besides features, the biggest difference between them is that ReExtended is still being maintained and continues to be further developed, whereas Extended is not, has stagnated in terms of features, and may break eventually.

            4 votes
  14. ThatFanficGuy
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    Cent Browser, a fork of Chromium, powerful in terms of a bunch of small features that make life easier for someone like me. For one thing, it allows you to save pictures simply by Alt+Clicking...

    Cent Browser, a fork of Chromium, powerful in terms of a bunch of small features that make life easier for someone like me. For one thing, it allows you to save pictures simply by Alt+Clicking them. It's one of the brilliant features that makes me hesitate leaving Cent Browser for something better.

    If I could personally replicate that and other features in, say, Firefox, I might give it a shot again.

    1 vote
  15. Staross
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    Vivaldi (opera successor), I just have adblock, since it comes with everything I need.

    Vivaldi (opera successor), I just have adblock, since it comes with everything I need.

    1 vote
  16. aymm
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    Windows Stable Firefox Addons: 1Password X Privacy Badger uBlock Origin Dark Reader Tildes ReExtended Multi Account Containers RES I did not disable Pocket, and I've been using it even before they...

    Windows

    Stable Firefox
    Addons:

    • 1Password X
    • Privacy Badger
    • uBlock Origin
    • Dark Reader
    • Tildes ReExtended
    • Multi Account Containers
    • RES

    I did not disable Pocket, and I've been using it even before they belonged to Mozilla. My DoH is set to https://dns.digitale-gesellschaft.ch/dns-query


    macOS & iOS

    Safari.
    Addons:

    • 1Password
    • uBlock Origin
    • Dark Reader

    Search engine is DDG on all devices/browsers

    1 vote
  17. zigzagzig
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    Brave has made a lot of improvements and I'm supporting them. Not sure about their tokenomics and future of that, but the browser takes a lot less memory than Chrome for me. I use Firefox if Brave...

    Brave has made a lot of improvements and I'm supporting them. Not sure about their tokenomics and future of that, but the browser takes a lot less memory than Chrome for me. I use Firefox if Brave gives me issues with any website, but that's rare nowadays. Made about $40 through Brave Ads program so far.

    1 vote
  18. 666
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    Firefox with the usual privacy extensions + YouTube Classic and Old Reddit Redirect. I used to disable Pocket like a lot of people here but then I decided to give it a try and thanks to it I...

    Firefox with the usual privacy extensions + YouTube Classic and Old Reddit Redirect. I used to disable Pocket like a lot of people here but then I decided to give it a try and thanks to it I started reading more. It's not my news source though, I use it mostly for tech and personal blogs.

    1 vote
  19. stu2b50
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    I use Chrome on all devices because I'm a basic bitch, Safari sometimes when I want to optimize battery life on my macbook.

    I use Chrome on all devices because I'm a basic bitch, Safari sometimes when I want to optimize battery life on my macbook.

    1 vote
  20. weystrom
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    Firefox, except sometimes I have to switch to Chromium for Google Docs, they are really slow in Firefox.

    Firefox, except sometimes I have to switch to Chromium for Google Docs, they are really slow in Firefox.

    1 vote
  21. loto
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    Regular Firefox on my PC (Which is currently a GPD Win 2, until my laptop's screen gets fixed) with tree styled tabs & ublock, plus a javascript disabler I can toggle in case something is...

    Regular Firefox on my PC (Which is currently a GPD Win 2, until my laptop's screen gets fixed) with tree styled tabs & ublock, plus a javascript disabler I can toggle in case something is particularly slow. On mobile (android), firefox preview - was a little dicey at the start, but since ublock got added its been smooth sailing!

    1 vote
  22. bleem
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    firefox, ublock origin, privacy badger and the hangouts addon. I haven't done much lately because i formatted my hds out of boredom. I usually install something like greasemonkey and make the...

    firefox, ublock origin, privacy badger and the hangouts addon. I haven't done much lately because i formatted my hds out of boredom. I usually install something like greasemonkey and make the clicked links red instead of purple

    edit: oh RES

    1 vote
  23. Pistos
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    Chromium because I don't want to live without the multiple-user system. Firefox profiles and Firefox containers don't measure up.

    Chromium because I don't want to live without the multiple-user system. Firefox profiles and Firefox containers don't measure up.

  24. est
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    I am using Chrome v70 because I need to see what's going on with chrome://net-internals/#events

    I am using Chrome v70 because I need to see what's going on with chrome://net-internals/#events

  25. SkewedSideburn
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    Definitely Firefox. As for customisation: the most important one is Tree Style Tab and removing horizontal bars from the header. It's a game changer, boys, trust me. On top of that I added Vimium...

    Definitely Firefox. As for customisation: the most important one is Tree Style Tab and removing horizontal bars from the header. It's a game changer, boys, trust me.

    On top of that I added Vimium (although more often than not I forget to use it), uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere and Speed Dial 2. That's about it

  26. null_radix
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    I use icecat with the following addons metamask (for interacting with Ethereum) uBlock Origin (for ad blocking) stutter (To help me focus on what I'm reading) https://everywhere

    I use icecat with the following addons

    • metamask (for interacting with Ethereum)
    • uBlock Origin (for ad blocking)
    • stutter (To help me focus on what I'm reading)
    • https://everywhere